The Great Gatsby 華麗なるギャツビー

This is one of the most beautiful films to fill a movie screen. It might be true that the movie fails the book by F. Scott Fitzgerald(F・スコット・フィッツジェラルド). It isn't a perfect adaptation, but there are no overwhelming flaws, and it follows the book very faithfully. Robert Redford(ロバート・レッドフォード) gives his best performance. He is Gatsby(ギャツビー) in every aspect : handsome, mysterious, courteous, sometimes pessimistic, and very lonely. I think Mia Farrow(ミア・ファロー) gives an excellent performance, yet as I watch the movie I can't help imagining Faye Dunaway(フェイ・ダナウェイ) doing it better.

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Green Card グリーン・カード

Do you accept paper marriages? Andie McDowell(アンディ・マクダウェル) plays Bronte. She is a young city gardener who wants a beautiful apartment with a greenhouse. The problem is she must be married in order to apply for it. Gerard Depardieu(ジェラール・ドパルデュー) plays an immigrant Frenchman looking to marry an American so that he can get permanent residency status in America. A mutual friend arranged a paper marriage between the two, and both of them got what they had wanted, but...

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Notting Hill ノッティングヒルの恋人

Whether or not realistic, this is a touching fairy tale like story of the romance between two people of unequal social and financial standings. Julia Roberts(ジュリア・ロバーツ)shines as the beautiful, rich, and famous American movie star, and Hugh Grant(ヒュー・グラント)is perfect as the shy, obscure, and not very affluent London bookseller. The lyrical chemistry between Julia Roberts(ジュリア・ロバーツ)and Hugh Grant(ヒュー・グラント)gives intimate glimpses into the human heart and spirit.

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The Hours めぐりあう時間たち

Starring three of today's most popular leading actresses, Nicole Kidman(ニコール・キッドマン), Julianne Moore(ジュリアン・ムーア), and Meryl Streep(メリル・ストリープ), winner of some Golden Globe awards, based on a Pulitzer(ピュリッツァー)Prize winning novel, I think "The Hours" is a film that appeals to lots of people. There is no doubt in my mind that "The Hours" is a great film, but I only recommend it to people who are up to the challenge of thinking about the film long after they have finished the film and deciding about what it means. It isn't an easy film or a film for everybody, but I think it's worth the effort.

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The Color Purple カラーパープル

The movie version of Alice Walker(アリス・ウォーカー)'s emotive and influential novel was a massive Oscar success. Whoopi Goldberg(ウーピー・ゴールドバーグ ) gave her wonderful screen performance. Others in the cast also fleshed out the characters so clearly. I must appreciate Steven Spielberg(スティーヴン・スピルバーグ)'s talents. "The Color Purple" is a story about incredible hardships but also a story of how love and forgiveness can redeem.

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The Family Man 天使のくれた時間

This movie will make you reexamine your own life and think about what is really important and meaningful for you, what is success and happiness. Nicolas Cage(ニコラス・ケイジ), a young dreamer with his successful career, finds out that "Love" might be the most important. Nicolas Cage(ニコラス・ケイジ)provides an amazing and comical performance in character, from the aggressive businessman to a loving father & husband with his charming sense of humor.

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Driving Miss Daisy ドライビングMissデイジー

Race problem is a big part of this story, but I think the movie is mostly about how one soul can impact another. Jessica Tandy(ジェシカ・タンディ )did a great job and won the Oscar, and Morgan Freeman(モーガン・フリーマン ) , her match, was never better. Their great chemistry is the key to the movie's appeal. It's always inspiring to see a nice, good person overturn and win the opposite with sheer kindness. It's a sweet and heartwarming movie.

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Death Becomes Her 永遠に美しく

This film is one of my favorite guilty pleasures. All the actors are in top form and I loved Meryl Streep(メリル・ストリープ ), Bruce Willis(ブルース・ウィリス), and Goldie Hawn(ゴールディ・ホーン ). Meryl(メリル・ストリープ )and Goldie(ゴールディ・ホーン ) did their best to emphasize that these two women who believe that they are really beautiful are just caricatures of perfection. Their subtle face acting and comic timing are perfect.

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The Fabulous Baker Boys 恋のゆくえ

Jeff Bridges(ジェフ・ブリッジズ) and Beau Bridges(ボー・ブリッジス)- brothers in real life - are united to play brothers on the screen. It's not the first time real-life brothers have played fictitious brothers in a film. But this film really benefits from the pairing. It must be because Jeff(ジェフ・ブリッジズ) and Beau(ボー・ブリッジス) aren't really acting but they are simply using their real-life love & hate brotherly attitudes to fuel their performances in front of the cameras. Michelle Pfeiffer(ミシェル・ファイファー,) also gives an outstanding performance. She even sang most of her own songs. I didn't know she was such a good singer.

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Batman Begins バットマン・ビギンズ

Christopher Nolan(クリストファー・ノーラン), the director, and all the casts pulled off what we didn't even dream. The story is good covering all the major events(true to the comic), and not wasting ages on them. Almost all the actors are perfect. Gary Oldman(ゲイリー・オールドマン), Morgan Freeman(モーガン・フリーマン), Michael Caine(マイケル・ケイン), and so on. And, of course, Christian Bale(クリスチャン・ベイル) is no exception. As for Ken Watanabe(ケン・ワタナベ), no comment...

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Batman Returns(1992)
Batman Forever(1995)
Batman & Robin(1997)
Batman Begins(2005)


Hitch 最後の恋のはじめ方

I thought this film is a romantic movie, and it's also about the vulnerability of peoples' hearts. It was hard to believe that Will Smith(ウィル・スミス) could satisfy without action, but he was fantastic with his never ending charm. He didn't even have to try to be lovable. He just was. Gentlemen, if you want to impress your lady, try to take her to this. I think women will like it as much as any chick-flick though I wouldn't categorize this as one. There is plenty of humor for men to enjoy. It was a film worth seeing.

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Tetsuro Tanba(丹波哲郎)has such big hands. My husband's hands are pretty big, but his hands are bigger. Tora san(渥美清)has kind of small hands, though.
Let me put the pictures of our hands so that you can see how big my husband's hands are.


Miss Congeniality デンジャラス・ビューティー

Sandra Bullock(サンドラ・ブロック) shines as usual. She was perfectly suited in her role as a tomboy, and I like how her character didn't fade out, even after the arduous makeover. She definitely shows off her knack for physical comedy more than she has in her past comedies. Congratulations to Sandra Bullock(サンドラ・ブロック). She did a great job both as producer and as a leading lady.

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Miss Congeniality (2000)
Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous (2005)


Tale of Carpet Flowers 花絨毯物語

Free on-line distribution of "Tale of Carpet Flowers" started with my translation at CON-CAN movie festival today. Please visit the website to start the movie. I hope you'll enjoy it.
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